Cold Springs Lake

General Information

County: Cass
Location: 1 mile south of Lewis.
Acres: 16.00
Maximum Depth: 14 ft. (1979)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Cold Springs Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
Catfishing was good last week. Bluegills and crappies can be caught drifting. For more information call the Cold Springs District Office at (712) 769-2587
Anglers report catching big channel catfish at Cold Springs. The lake has an 18 inch length limit on largemouth bass.
Channel Catfish - Good: Cast cutbait or prepared dip bait in 4 to 6 feet of water to catch catfish up to 10 pounds.
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are in the tree piles and stakebeds. Cast plastics texas rigged to catch fish up to 20 inches.
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  • Sep 14 2015 12:00AM - 350 Channel Catfish (8")
  • Oct 2 2014 12:00AM - 400 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/18/2013 - 600 Channel Catfish (8.6")
  • 09/07/2011 - 230 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 09/21/2009 - 300 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 07/01/2008 - 1,600 Largemouth Bass (1.1")
  • 10/31/2007 - 400 Largemouth Bass (4.2")
  • 06/19/2007 - 1,200 Largemouth Bass (1.6")
  • 05/29/2007 - 800 Channel Catfish (5.9")
  • 03/22/2007 - 80 Largemouth Bass (3.5")
  • 11/13/2006 - 1,500 Channel Catfish (8.0")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Bluegill
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • Channel Catfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 8 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 30 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Green Sunfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Largemouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 15-inch minimum
    • Other:
Last summers survey included all sizes of largemouth bass up to 17-inches. The bluegill size continues to improve with fish exceeding the 8-inch range in 2015. (The bluegill population was thinned using a low dose rotenone treatment in 2012.) The channel catfish population numbers have improved after increased stocking numbers in 2013 and 2015. Fishing in Cold Springs in 2016 is expected to be good as a result of this management effort.(2016)

Contacts

Fish Surveys

Lake Fish Survey Data Data from the most recent fisheries survey of this lake is provided on this external web site. This data may include information from various netting surveys and/or electroshocking surveys. Data includes numbers of fish sampled, and fish size ranges. Not all lakes are sampled every year.

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Water Quality

Iowa-Caught Fish Are Safe to Eat, In Almost All Cases

The vast majority of Iowa’s streams, rivers and lakes offer safe and high-quality fish that pose little or no threat to human health if consumed. Some limitations may apply for young children and pregnant women. Here’s a Fish Consumption Fact Sheet from the Iowa DNR and the Iowa Dept. of Public Health for more information. Here is a list of current fish consumption advisories for Iowa lakes and rivers.